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At PACO, we work to promote the interests of paralegals, foster relationships with the legal community, serve the public, advocate the Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility, and endorse the mission of PACO.
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February 26, 2019
General Membership Meeting

May 20, 2019
Paralegal Day 2019

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PACO Scholarship Application
PACO Awards of Excellence

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General Membership Meeting – Tuesday, February 26, 2019

If you have not yet registered to attend this month’s General Membership meeting, please do so by 3:00 p.m. tomorrow – Friday, February 22nd. We must know if you are attending in person so that provisions for lunch will be adequate; and/or we must know if you are attending remotely, so that we can appropriately plan for the livestream service.

Many aspects of the notary commission in Ohio are about to change, and that is the topic of this month’s meeting. Jill Snitcher-McQuain, Executive Director of the Columbus Bar Association, will be discussing SB 263 which was recently passed by the Ohio Legislature. This law will become fully effective on September 20, 2019, with other provisions implemented on March 19th and additional mandates effective in July. This new law will impact both non-attorney notaries (you) as well as attorneys, and it is important information that all paralegals and attorneys need to be aware of and prepared for.

Our General Membership meeting will be held next Tuesday, February 26, 2019, beginning at noon. Lunch will be provided, including gluten-free options, by the Columbus Bar Association. For those who are not able to attend in person but would like to join the meeting remotely, Anderson Reporting will facilitate the livestream service.

Paralegals who attend will earn one hour of CLE credit. Unfortunately, we are not able to provide CLE credit for attorneys.

Please click here to register.

Student Liaison Committee

The 2019 Application for Scholarship is still open for interested candidates! PACO will be awarding one paralegal student scholarship in the amount of $500 and one paralegal certification scholarship in the amount of $250. These awards will be presented to the award recipients at PACO’s Paralegal Day celebration on May 20, 2019. The deadline for the application is April 26, 2019. Click here to fill out the application. If you have any questions, please email Becky Lewis at SLC@pacoparalegals.org.

Biennial Workshop & Exhibition

Mark your calendars for September 27, 2019 for PACO’s all day Biennial Workshop & Exhibition event which will be held at the Capital University Law School, 303 E. Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215. Our Executive Sponsor for this event is the Capital University Law School and the Paralegal Programs at Capital University. Keep an eye out for the Save the Date in the near future along with more information to come! If you have any questions, please email Becky Lewis at BWE@pacoparalegals.org.

PACO Website and Social Media Platforms

Be sure to frequent PACO’s website, Facebook and LinkedIn profiles to stay apprised of events, news, and opportunities. These platforms augment our weekly e-mail newsletters. Be sure to follow, like, connect and in general just get to know us on Facebook and LinkedIn today! If you have any questions or need further information about our social media platforms, please contact Social Media and Website Coordinator Mindi Schaefer at SM@pacoparalegals.org.

PACO Job Bank

PACO’s Job Bank provides employment opportunities that you may be interested in, and notice of new postings are sent to you via e-mail. For information about advertising a new position with us, please click here or contact Cassandra Struble at jobbank@pacoparalegals.org.

Special Paralegal Day Announcement...

Mark your calendars and join PACO in welcoming Justice Judi French from the Ohio Supreme Court as our guest speaker at the 2019 Paralegal Association of Central Ohio Celebration on Monday, May 20, 2019 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at The Reception House at Raymond Memorial.

Justice French is the 155th member of the Ohio Supreme Court and was elected to her first full six-year term in 2014, after being appointed by Governor John Kasich to fill a vacancy. Justice French has spent the last two decades in public service. She has served as an appellate judge, chief legal counsel to the governor, an assistant attorney general, and a state government lawyer. Her legal experience also includes working as a corporate attorney and in private practice.

Come spend an Enchanted Evening with PACO and celebrate with your colleagues, professionals from the legal industry and Justice Judi French!

Please contact any of our Board members if you have any questions or concerns:

Teresa Scharf – President (president@pacoparalegals.org)
Shannon Reames – Vice-President (vp@pacoparalegals.org)
Kemmily Kwok – Assistant Vice-President asstvicepres@pacoparalegals.org)
Angela Vohsing – Treasurer (treasurer@pacoparalegals.org)
Garth Rowbotham – Secretary (secretary@pacoparalegals.org)
Becky Lewis – President-Elect (presidentelect@pacoparalegals.org)

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